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The Final Cockdown: #43 Benji Russell

We’re starting the work week with a hard working scout team safety searching for added responsibilities in 2016.

Vanderbilt v South Carolina Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Benji Russell

Safety
RS Junior
5’11” / 183 lbs
Atlanta, GA

Recruitment

Coming out of the talent heavy Atlanta area, the Woodward Academy alumnus wasn’t heavily recruited by any FBS programs. He turned down an a scholarship offer to Dartmouth, probably because it’s too cold in New Hampshire.

College Career

Russell enrolled at South Carolina in the fall of 2013 and walked-on to the Gamecocks just before spring practice in January of 2014. He spent all of 2015 working out with the scout team defense.

2016 Outlook

Still a member of the team as a walk-on, it looks like Russell’s time in 2016 will be spent in the same place it was as a year ago - the scout team. He does add depth to a secondary that was exploited much of last season, so there’s always the chance he works his way up the depth chart.